Go Slow Off the Joe

Moderate coffee drinkers can suffer if they give up caffeine too quickly

PEOPLE WHO DOWN MORE THAN THREE CUPS OF coffee a day know how awful they can feel when they can't get their caffeine fix. Now a study reveals that even those who sip just two or three cups a day can become anxious, drowsy, sluggish, headachy and depressed if they go cold turkey on Java. The symptoms can be so severe that people stay home from work or visit their doctor, who may fail to tie the patient's problems to sudden cessation of coffee consumption. In the experiment, people deprived of caffeine complained that they felt worse than when they had...

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